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Tobacco-free electronic cigarettes and cigars deliver nicotine and generate concern
  1. John Pauly1,
  2. Qiang Li1,
  3. Matthew B Barry2
  1. 1Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI), Buffalo, New York, USA
  2. 2Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids (MB), Washington, DC, USA
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr J L Pauly
 Department of Immunology, Cancer Cell Center, Room CCC-307, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Elm and Carlton Streets, Buffalo, NY 14263, USA; john.pauly{at}

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Novel cigarette-appearing items have been introduced to the market with the intent, either stated or implied, of reducing toxicants in mainstream and second-hand smoke and/or helping smokers break their nicotine addiction. We report here the introduction to the market of electronic products that mimic a cigar, cigarette or pipe. These articles are unique in that they are the first to have the appearance of conventional tobacco products but contain no tobacco. The products deliver nicotine, at different amounts, but no smoke or tar.

The items have been developed by Beijing SBT Ruyan Technologies and Development, Beijing, China (http:/// and are marketed by the Create Times Industrial & Trading, Shenzhen, China (

The electronic cigar we purchased …

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  • This work was supported in part by grant number P50 CA111236 from the National Cancer Institute of the United States.